On Wednesday, news report filtered out of the re-arrest of notorious kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala who is popularly known as Wadume.
This came two weeks after the unfortunate incident which occurred while he was being ferried to Jalingo, Taraba State by men of the Police Special Forces and IRT members. The IRT policemen had met a brick-wall from soldiers on the highway who reportedly shot and killed three of the policemen and thereafter set the kidnap suspect free, leading to his escape.
The report has it that the fugitive was apprehended at his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State on Monday night following a massive manhunt launched by the police Special Forces and IRT members in Taraba and the surrounding states.
While much of the focus is on the man in handcuffs, this story is not so much about him and the men of the police force who ensured the re-arrest.
While the job is definitely not that of one man, one man stands tall in the re-arrest operation, and that is Abba Kyar, assistant commissioner of police. He, however, is not to be confused with Chief of Staff to President Buhari also bearing the same name.
A recent BBC Africa Eye documentary titled ‘Inside Nigeria’s Kidnap Crisis’ chronicles the exploits of this police officer.
Abba Kyari was the head of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at the Lagos Police Command and was in 2016 promoted Assistant Commissioner of Police to head the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
His antecedents are actually quite intimidating, mention several high profile police operations and his name is sure to pop up.
His was a prominent name in the arrest of popular billionaire kidnapper, Evans and a host of several others like Godogodo, China, Nnamdi, Yemi Boss, Abdullahi, Victor, Vampire etc. His name is definitely their nightmare!
The Man Abba Kyari…
Born on the 17th of March, 1975 in Yobe State, he joined the Nigeria Police in the year 2000 as a cadet ASP and since then it has been a piling up of impressive accomplishments on his resume.
Below are a few of his accomplishments:
Triple IGP Commendation Medal for courage 2012, 2013, 2014
Triple Lagos State Governor’s award for Gallantry, Leadership and Service excellence 2011, 2012, 2013
Lagos State Commissioner of Police Commendation Award for courage 2011
Best Anti-Crime Police Officer in West Africa from Security Watch Africa
Star Award from CRAN 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
Star Award for Outstanding Gallantry In Africa 2018 by Security watch Africa
Africa’s Best Detective Of The Year 2018
The best Police officer of the Decade Award
2018 HERO of the year Award by Silverbird Group
Presidential medal for courage from President Mohammadu Buhari on 1st of April 2016